SERV­ING QUEENS­LAND FOR 35 YEARS

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

QUEENS­LAND po­lice of­fi­cers have been ac­knowl­edged for their ded­i­ca­tion to pro­tect­ing and serv­ing our com­mu­ni­ties with the Bund­aberg Po­lice Pa­trol Group host­ing an awards cer­e­mony last week.

Sergeant Ge­off Fay, Of­fi­cer in Charge of Childers Po­lice re­ceived a Queens­land Po­lice Ser­vice Medal clasp for 35 years of ser­vice.

He started his ca­reer in 1981 and was posted to Wool­loongabba after he was sworn in.

Sergeant Fay said the mem­o­rable events are gen­er­ally those that leave an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion on your mind, and have im­mense im­pact on the com­mu­nity you are work­ing in at the time.

“I was one of the first of­fi­cers winched down from an army Black Hawk he­li­copter onto Mt Emerald fol­low­ing the crash of a Cessna Ci­ta­tion air­craft re­sult­ing in the deaths of the pi­lot and 10 lo­cal gov­ern­ment coun­cil­lors.

“I was the Of­fi­cer in Charge of Childers at the time of the Childers back­packer fire on 23 June 2000 which killed 15 back­pack­ers.

“I can hon­estly say I wouldn’t be any­thing else but a po­lice of­fi­cer, I have had the op­por­tu­nity to work at many lo­ca­tions across Queens­land and be in­volved in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties.

“Polic­ing is a great ca­reer, chal­leng­ing at times but very re­ward­ing know­ing ev­ery­thing that we do makes our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place to live and work,” he said.

He was awarded the Aus­tralian Po­lice Medal (APM) for man­age­ment of and sup­port for the com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the tragic cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the Childers Palace back­packer hos­tel fire.

Not to be over­shad­owed by her lead­ing hand, Se­nior Con­sta­ble Sharon Mor­gan also re­ceived the Na­tional Po­lice Ser­vice Medal on the day for 15-years in ser­vice.

The na­tional po­lice ser­vice medal is awarded in recog­ni­tion of eth­i­cal and dili­gent ser­vice of po­lice of­fi­cers serv­ing in com­mu­ni­ties across Aus­tralia, of­fi­cers re­quire 15 years of ser­vice to qual­i­fy­ing for the medal.

Sergeant Fay has been Of­fi­cer in Charge of the Childers sta­tion since 1998, over the years he had been sup­ported by the great team of staff and vol­un­teers and most im­por­tantly by the com­mu­nity of Childers and the Isis re­gion.

PHOTO: MARA ROGERS

LONG STAND­ING: Se­nior Con­sta­ble Sharon Mor­gan and Sergeant Ge­off Faye – of­fi­cer in charge of Childers Po­lice.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT BUN261016POLICE7

PO­LICE AWARDS: Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Stiles presents Sergeant Ge­off Fay with his QPSM 35-Year Clasp.

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